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Beyond religious affinity: Malaysia's relations with countries in the Arab Gulf

Abu Hussin, Mohd. Fauzi and Salleh, Mohd. Afandi and Mohd. Nasir, Badlihisham (2015) Beyond religious affinity: Malaysia's relations with countries in the Arab Gulf. Pacific Review, 28 (4). pp. 461-482. ISSN 0951-2748

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09512748.2015.1011213


Economic and political changes at the global level have simultaneously shifted Malaysia's interests in the Arab Gulf countries. The economic liberalisation and transformation agenda that emerged in these economies are argued to be contributing factors to Malaysia's interest in expanding its economic relationships with the countries. Although the current cooperation between Malaysia and the Arab Gulf countries is aimed at reaping economic benefits, religious values also constitute an important foundation for these relationships. This article seeks to understand why politics, economics and religion remain the key drivers in determining Malaysia's relations with the Arab Gulf countries. The paper also suggests a future direction for engagement between Malaysia and Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Arab Gulf, international relations, Malaysia, political economy, religion
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions:Islamic Civilisation
ID Code:57950
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:04 Dec 2016 04:07
Last Modified:19 Aug 2021 02:58

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